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NCAC Weekly Release (1-29-18) - Women's Basketball

DePauw guard Maya Howard and Wooster freshman Jena Copley
DePauw guard Maya Howard and Wooster freshman Jena Copley

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Hiram (10-10, 6-5) has won three-straight league contests and four of its last five games to move into fourth place in the NCAC standings after victories against Wooster (4-15, 2-8) and Allegheny (5-13, 2-8) last week. After starting the season 2-6 through their first eight games, the Terriers have gone 8-3 over their last 11 as they are looking to host an NCAC Tournament quarterfinal for the second consecutive year.

ALLEGHENY fell in NCAC play against Hiram, 75-66, on Senior Day Saturday (Jan. 27). Julianna Skowron (Sewickley, PA/Oakland Catholic) led the Gators with a career-high 20 points on nine-of-13 shooting from the field. She also collected 12 rebounds for the double-double. Rylee Donovan (Glenshaw, PA/Shaler Area) also finished in double-digits with 12 points to go with a career-high eight assists and six rebounds. Brooke Smith (New Kensington, PA/Burrell) finished with 11 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists.

DENISON senior Brittany Atkinson (Granville, OH/Granville) scored a career-high 23 points in Denison’s 68-62 OT loss at Wittenberg.

DEPAUW, ranked ninth in the most recent WBCA coaches poll, extended its win streak to 15 with victories over Wittenberg and Wooster. The Tigers held Wittenberg and Wooster to 47.0 points per game and 32.7% shooting from the field. Melinda Franke (Warrenville, IL/Wheaton Warrenville South) posted a double-double against Wittenberg with a career-high 12 points and 11 rebounds.

HIRAM improved to .500 with victories over Hiram and Allegheny last week and stayed a game up on Wittenberg for fourth in the NCAC standings. In the victory over Wooster, four players finished in double figures, including career highs from Bri Kirk (Elryia, OH/Lake Ridge Academy) (10) and Alainna Conroy (Cleveland, OH/Padua Franciscan) (12). Against Allegheny, junior Erica Johnson (Salem, OH/West Branch) tallied a career-high 21 rebounds en route to her third-straight double-double. Senior Allison Vannoy (Mantua, OH/Crestwood) posted a career-best 10 assists, shrinking her magic number to 24 from the all-time Terrier career record.

KENYON improved to 17-3 with a road win at Denison last week. It was Kenyon’s first victory at Denison since January 23, 2008 and it kept the team a game back of first-place DePauw. Griffin Tullis (Columbus, OH/Dublin Coffman) led the Ladies with 12 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and second of her career.

OBERLIN extended its winning streak to five with a trio of wins last week. The Yeowomen took down Thiel, 80-56, and earned another non-conference win against Kalamazoo, 67-36, on Wednesday. The Yeowomen returned to NCAC play on Saturday to beat OWU, 66-41. During its five-game stretch, Oberlin is outscoring its opponents by an average of 26.6 points per game. Junior guard Alex Stipano (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) led the Yeowomen in each of the last five games and is averaging 20.2 points per game during that span.

OHIO WESLEYAN dropped its lone contest last week, falling to Oberlin on Saturday, 66-41. Sophomore guard Nicole Popovich (Rocky River, OH/Rocky River) led the Bishops with 11 points and sophomore guard Claire Sterling (West Jefferson, OH/ West Jefferson) recorded team bests of 10 rebounds and four assists.

WITTENBERG dropped its first game of the week, falling on the road to No. 9 DePauw, 57-46. Wittenberg would bounce back on Saturday afternoon with an exciting 68-62 OT win over Denison. Kristie Kalis (Winnetka, IL/New Trier Township High School) was a big lift off the bench for the Tigers, averaging 13 points and eight rebounds per game last week.

WOOSTER came up short in a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to Hiram and DePauw. Sophomore Kylie Orr (Newport, KY/Newport) led the Scots with 23 points on the week, including a team-high 16 in the loss to DePauw.